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Is GARNIER Cruelty Free?


Is GARNIER Cruelty Free? 1

Is Garnier tested on animals?

Garnier is a brand undergoing transformation, from the steps toward more sustainability to now being labeled Leaping Bunny approved. Read more before you buy.

Leaping Bunny requires brands to forensically investigate their entire supply chain, including all raw materials and individual ingredients, for any cases of animal testing. Leaping Bunny approval is given to all finished products within a brand. Individual products or items cannot become approved in isolation. 

The Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny is a globally-recognized gold standard for cosmetics, personal care and household products. It is the only international logo that requires a supplier monitoring system to be implemented by the company, supply chain checking for animal testing right down to ingredient manufacturer level, adherence to a fixed cut-off date policy and acceptance of ongoing independent audits to ensure compliance with all of these aspects.

Quote from Cruelty-Free International –

Garnier had to secure a declaration from more than 500 suppliers, who source more than 3,000 different ingredients, from across the world. Only then could it be approved to display the iconic Cruelty-Free International Leaping Bunny logo.

Garnier is owned by L’Oreal. Unfortunately, L’Oreal is not cruelty-free.

L’Oréal is one of the largest companies in France, is the world’s largest manufacturer of cosmetics, perfumes, hair care, and skin care products. Its brands are found in over 150 countries and include such well-known names as Lancôme, Maybelline, Garnier, Redken, and Matrix. France isn’t exactly the best keeper of EU animal testing laws and L’Oreal knows that. L’Oréal is known for its involvement in research and development (read animal testing) -it spent 3 percent of sales on cosmetology and dermatology (animal testing) research in 2000–and owns a 19.5 percent stake in the pharmaceutical firm Sanofi/Synthélabo (more animal testing). Liliane Bettencourt and her family control 51 percent of Gesparal, a holding company that owns 54 percent of L’Oréal. The Swiss food giant, Nestlé S.A., owns the remaining 49 percent of Gesparal.

Garnier is not imported into and sold in China, and any historic sales of the Garnier brand relate to products and formulas that are no longer marketed. Garnier ceased business in China in 2017.– Garnier

Garnier’s parent company, L’Oréal, continues to sell products by its other brands in China.

L’Oreal lobbied against the EU’s 2003 ban on animal testing, despite the company’s claim to have been at the forefront of alternative methods for more than 30 years.

“Garnier is a global brand familiar to us all. To work with them to help end animal testing for cosmetics and declare them officially approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program is a real milestone. It has taken many months, but Garnier have diligently reviewed every supplier and source and we are completely confident with the results.” Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International CEO

Leaping Bunny program offers the best assurance a consumer can get that a brand is doing everything it can to scrutinize its supply network on an ongoing basis and is committed to removing animal testing from its supply chain.

Does cruelty-free status mean Garnier is vegan?

While official certification means that all Garnier products are now guaranteed “cruelty-free,” not every item is suitable for vegans due to animal-derived ingredients. Garnier does have some explicitly labelled “vegan formulas,” which it guarantees contain zero animal products. Just make sure to carefully read the label.

If you have cautions on buying from a cruelty-free brand whose parent company is not cruelty-free you may want to skip Garnier.

Garnier has finally committed to a world against animal testing. The Parent company L’Oreal has not so I have mixed feelings about this. L’Oréal tops the cruelty list for animal testing in cosmetics and skincare , followed by Gilette, Nivea, Estée Lauder, and Clinique, which make up the top five. Fully cruelty-free brands are out there and have been for decades. I am in no rush to head towards Garnier.

Find a full list of cruelty-free brands to help you find cruelty-free brands.

Cruelty Free list

Sources: Garnier, Cruelty Free International, Ethical Consumer.

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